Watlington & Chalgrove Surgeries


Eye Conditions

Minor Eye Conditions Service – Oxfordshire LOC

The surgery do not have the equipment/expertise to triage certain eye conditions and the NHS have commissioned the MECS service for our patients.

Please use the link above for details of the Oxfordshire Minor Eye Conditions’ Service. The service provides assessment and treatment for people with recently occurring minor eye conditions and the Oxford Eye Hospital for urgent conditions (01865 234567).

Provided by MECS accredited optometrists (also known as opticians) across Oxfordshire who have specialist knowledge, equipment, training and skills.

Minor eye conditions that can be treated by the service include but are not limited to:

  • Red eye or eyelids
  • Dry, gritty, irritable and uncomfortable eyes
  • Significant recent sticky or watery discharge from the eye
  • Recently occurring flashes and/or floaters
  • Painful eye including pain with bright lights
  • Ingrowing eyelashes
  • Recent and sudden change in vision
  • Foreign body in the eye
  • Unusual eye appearance (lumps and bumps)

Please note this is not an eyesight test.

You will not be eligible for a MECS  appointment if you:

  • Do not have an Oxfordshire GP.
  • Are under the age of 6.
  • Have had the condition for longer than 6 weeks.
  • Wear contact lenses and believe the condition is related to your use of them (please contact your regular contact lens Optician).

If you are unsure whether your symptoms can be assessed and treated by the service, please call the Oxford Eye hospitals eye casualty triage line, 01865 234567, NHS 111 or contact one of the participating optometry practices who will advise you.

Please note: If you have an eye condition that is being regularly monitored by your optometrist or hospital eye service, this will not be covered by MECS; for example cataracts, diabetic retinopathy or glaucoma or you have an eye condition that has been seen under the MECS service within the last 6 months, this will not be covered by MECS